When thinking about ways to cut cost, people often focus on the big things rather than on the little things in life. But I’m here to tell you that the little things matter! If you cut cost in small ways, but do it all across the board, those savings will really begin to add up! Here are two quick and easy tips about how to save some money in your bathroom when it comes to hair care products.
Consider how much you use
Evaluate how much shampoo and conditioner you are using each time you wash your hair. Are you just squeezing the bottle until you fill your hand up with a nice big glob? I’ve found that I use excessive amounts of these products if I’m not paying attention. Figure out how much you really need (i.e. how much hair do you have?), and then be careful to use only that amount each time you take a shower. Also feel free to experiment with varying amounts if you’re not sure. Your bottles of expensive hair care products will last much longer if you use them sparingly.
Speaking of expensive hair care products, consider giving generic brands a try. I personally have tried lots of different brands of shampoo and conditioner. I sometimes shop at Walmart and can’t help but notice their Equate brands that often can cost half as much as the name brands. I’m not saying that all generic brands are as good as non-generics, but it doesn’t hurt to give them a try, considering the money that could be saved. And in the end if you can’t tell the difference, then why not switch?
So what happens if you think you might be too biased to tell the difference? In other words, you just can’t let yourself believe that a generic brand of your favorite shampoo could be as good, so you won’t ultimately be honest with yourself? Here’s what you should do: have your spouse or a friend prepare both the name brand and the generic version in unmarked bottles, so only they know which one is which. Then you can try them a few times and really be honest with yourself about which one you prefer. And it’s okay to prefer your name brands, because it’s true sometimes they are superior. Just keep in mind that sometimes they aren’t.